Idea 3G to Ring Kolkata by Diwali

Idea Cellular will be launching 3G/HSPA its own network in Kolkata by November 2015. Idea presently offers 3G services in Kolkata using Vodafone’s 3G network under ICRA. Idea 3G will be Kolkata’s 6th 3G network. Recently Airtel has also launched its own 3G (UMTS900) network on 900Mhz band as Platinum 3G. However Idea will offer its 3G services on 2100Mhz which they acquired in last auction.


Airtel’s Platinum 3G is not supported by all 3G devices, specially the older ones which can be used only for 3G on 2100Mhz band (BSNL, Rcom, Aircel & Vodafone and to-be-rolled-out Idea). However such Airtel users can still have access for Vodafone 3G under ICRA.

Idea has launched 3G on 900 Mhz band in Delhi, and post auction 2015, Kolkata will be their 2nd metro city to get Idea’s own 3G network. In last auction Idea retained 900Mhz band in Delhi & acquired fresh 5Mhz of 2100Mhz band in Kolkata to ensure 3G rollout.

As per company’s regional head, Idea has plans to launch its 3G services commercially in November-December after Diwali. The company has an expansion plans too with a fresh investment of Rs 250 crore. That includes 1200 new 2G towers in Kolkata-West Bengal and 2,000 3G towers in Kolkata metro circle area.

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sanjit roy
May 16, 2015 9:26 pm 9:26 PM

What I got know from sources that idea will initially add 2g sites for both Kolkata and mostly rob, which is already rolling in rob.

Sulobh Banerjee
May 14, 2015 6:54 pm 6:54 PM
Its a great entry of such a operator I am a huge fan of Idea,their coverage is was awesome in UP (W) now i got transferred from their to Kolkata and yet it has not let me down in network I have tried airtel & Vodafone too,airtel is very slow when it comes to 3G speed but network is good,Vodafone speed is good but network works in 2G only when travelling When i opted for idea i was confused as not many of my friends used Idea but now its 1 year and still its best in network & speed… Read more »
sanjit roy
May 14, 2015 10:46 pm 10:46 PM

@sulobh banerjee: This is the only operator from avoid group who have some reasonable tariffs for atleast and now a days they have adequate coverage in rural bengal. Where as rcom is also good in rural rob but they have to shut their 2g after 31st December 2015 as we know.

Sutripta Roy
May 14, 2015 6:23 pm 6:23 PM
I hope idea is lucky enough as none of the cheaper operators in ROB has a good network coverage.Reliance GSM is the only operator to compete with AVOID in network coverage segment with cheaper rates.But it is very very much unfortunate for us that they are unable to ensure their licence.But one thing I don’t know why Aircel is not expanding it’s network strength. Recently they are not the cheapest one in KOLKATA and West Bengal as well. Even TATA is doing the same thing in ROB. And combined of all facts there is a huge possibilities for IDEA in… Read more »
sanjit roy
May 14, 2015 10:28 pm 10:28 PM
@Sutripta roy: I would like to share something about aircel specially in rob, since it’s inception I am noticing this company in rob, aircel was launched in rob around dec 2005 before kolkata circle, that means almost 9.5 years, enough time to address coverage issues at large scale in a circle. During that period of time rob was a untapped market and less competition even maxis have enough funds at that time, naturally aircel could gain a lot in rob but they couldn’t. Then what went wrong in rob?? So far I got to know about aircel in rob from… Read more »
May 15, 2015 1:02 am 1:02 AM

This time I totally agree with you.They were really very casual with their services in the rural Bengal and now they are feeling the heat.Instaed of expanding they will start shutting down their towers very soon.But one thing I must say is Aircel’s coverage in the rural sides is not that bad.I have went to the interiors of Burdwan and was getting Aircel’s signal almost everywhere.

sanjit roy
May 15, 2015 5:13 pm 5:13 PM

@sayantan: Today I spoke to a idea tsm, he told me that idea cellular is very optimistic for rob and they will put all possible efforts to ensure quality services. As a resident of bengal we can just wait and watch, only time will tell about their progress

May 16, 2015 12:42 am 12:42 AM

@Amit Kumar Das:I was using a symbian phone(Nokia E72)where I selected Aircel’s2G network manually just to make sure whether it was using RGSM’s network or not.I do know that RGSM has tie up with Aircel in Kolkata but I call confirm you that Aircel wasnt using RGSM’s network in rural Bengal.Regarding my experience,check out one of my comments below.I find Docomo and Aircel to be much better and cheaper option that Idea in Kolkata.Why would I or anyone opt for Idea when these two are much cheaper and better?

sanjit roy
May 16, 2015 1:25 pm 1:25 PM

@Sayantan: Just u tell me sayantan, how the rural people will use this aircel and docomo in rob? When they have no adequate coverage! So people are bound to use rcom and idea in rural rob and idea have 3g through airtel icr in rob. Yesterday my brother got 2gb 3g data @rs 98 with 30 days validity, also he is able to use it flawlessly at rural areas of rob.

May 17, 2015 3:46 pm 3:46 PM

How the rural people will use Aircel is not my concern as I never meant that they are the best in rural Bengal that every rural people will posses an Aircel sim for cheap call rates.I meant that they are good because Aircel’s coverage was very good in the places in rural Bengal wherever I have traveled till now. l never said Docomo is good in rural Bengal as they hardly have any coverage outside Kolkata Circle.Docomo uses Aircel’s and RGSM’s network outside Kolkata and at some places Vodafone’s network.

Amit Kumar Das
May 15, 2015 10:56 am 10:56 AM

You got Aircel signal in rural areas because they have tie up with Reliance GSM.
I need to know something from you. What is your experience regarding Idea in Kolkata and West Bengal.

sanjit roy
May 15, 2015 12:40 pm 12:40 PM

@amit kumar das: So far rural bengal is concerned, idea is going good. Atleast they have adequate coverage and cheap tariffs in rob.